The X-Files: Season 9, Episode 12

Underneath (31 Mar. 2002)
"The X Files" Underneath (original title)

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After thirteen years in prison, a man named Fassl is released and cleared of murder charges when DNA evidence proves he had nothing to do with the murder of an entire family though he was present on the scene. Doggett, who made the arrest, refuses to accept Fassl's innocence and pursues the case again.

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Robert M. Fassl
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Attorney Jana Fain
Alan Davidson ...
Bearded Man
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Assistant D.A. Damon Kaylor
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Warden Brian Hutchinson
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Duke Tomasick (as Arthur Nascarella)
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Mary Margaret Lewis ...
Mrs. Dowdy (as Mary-Margaret Lewis)
Rick Garcia ...
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After thirteen years in prison, a man named Fassl is released and cleared of murder charges when DNA evidence proves he had nothing to do with the murder of an entire family though he was present on the scene. Doggett, who made the arrest, refuses to accept Fassl's innocence and pursues the case again.

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This was John Shiban's directorial debut. See more »

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After Assistant D.A. Damon Kaylor is murdered, Fassl kneels down over the body. As the camera pulls up above the scene, you can see the base of the camera hoist roll into view from the left. See more »

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Duke Tomasick: I'm sorry, John.
John Doggett: You framed Fassl.
Duke Tomasick: You saw how it was going down. We arrested him at the scene, but he left no prints, no hair, no fibre. Nothing to actually tie him to the murders.
John Doggett: How did you do it?
Duke Tomasick: It took a... part of a hair sample that was found at a previous murder and I put it in with the evidence from our crime scene. Johnny... it was the one and only time I ever did anything like that. I was scared Fassl would walk. I couldn't let that happen. Not when I knew that... I knew he was ...
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26 July 2013 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

All in All, I thought John Shiban's 'Underneath' was a lot like the 'Chimera' episode by David Amann, only not as good. Chimera just made more sense and was more believable explanation why the suspect had another dark side to her because deep down, the motif made more sense why she would commit her killings. . Whereas this man didn't have a reason to kill his victims, nor did he even remotely want to. There were however a few good ideas within the story, for instance to bring back an old case from Doggetts NYPD days, a case he dealt with personally. These are the X-Files episodes i'd typically enjoy, especially in season 9 where it seems anything to get away from the super soldier crap is good but this one, I just couldn't find myself locking on tight with.


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